Hōmyō dōji

Hōmyō dōji (ほうみょう童子) is a story from Japanese folklore. It is about a man who has a son. The son has to be a human sacrifice to a snake. He does not get sacrificed. Another boy named Hōmyō offers to sacrifice himself instead. Hōmyō's father is dead. Hōmyō is a Buddhist. A Bodhisattva saves him from dying. Hōmyō meets the king. The king does not like Buddhism, the religion that Hōmyō believes in. Hōmyō tells the king his story. The king becomes a Buddhist and quits his job as king.[1][2]


  1. "Dharma Wonder Boy". World Digital Library. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  2. "ほうみょう童子". 作品一覧. 奈良絵本データベース. Retrieved 24 May 2013.

Other websitesEdit

  • Digitised scans of the Hōmyō dōji e-hon, Library of Congress, North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3.